Carbohydrates have gotten a bad rap in recent years, and are often blamed for the ever-increasing rates of chronic lifestyle diseases, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.
The reality is that carbohydrates are the primary (and preferred) source of energy for our cells, and they’re absolutely essential for maintaining high levels of performance during intense physical activity.
Still, many individuals are weary about consuming carbohydrates for fear that they will spike insulin levels and promote fat storage.
This is where glucose utilization aids may be helpful.
Glucose utilization aids (aka glucose disposal agents) support carbohydrate metabolism and storage, insulin sensitivity, and healthy blood sugar levels.
Primalog is Primeval Labs’ take on glucose utilization aids and is formulated to support improved carbohydrate utilization and storage with the end goal being greater performance, recovery, and growth.
Let’s get started by answering some of the most frequently asked questions about Primalog.
Frequently Asked Questions
I like to eat a cheat meal a couple times a week, can I use Primalog with my cheat meals?
Yes, you can take a serving of Primalog before a cheat meal (provided that the cheat meal is high in carbohydrates, which they usually are).
I have carbs every day, how many times can I use Primalog daily?
Only one full serving of Primalog should be consumed daily.
If having multiple carb-containing meals throughout the day, take your serving of Primalog before the meal with the highest amount of carbs.
Alternatively, you may divide your dose of Primalog across your two highest carbohydrate-containing meals.
Is Primalog ok to take with my pre workout meal that has carbs?
Yes, it is ok to take your serving of Primalog with your pre workout meal.
Would Primalog be good to use with a meal that has 50 or more carbs?
Due to the potency of the ingredients in Primalog, it is recommended that meals contain a minimum of 50 grams of carbohydrates.
If consuming a meal with less than 50 grams of carbohydrates, a half dose (2-3 caps) may be consumed.
What’s in Primalog?
Chromium is a trace mineral required for a vast array of biological functions, including cholesterol synthesis and insulin metabolism.[1,2]
Research notes an association between individuals with type 2 diabetes having lower levels of chromium than those without the disease.[1,2]
Without sufficient chromium, insulin metabolism suffers as does the ability to efficiently uptake and utilize glucose, amino acids, and fats, which may result in delayed muscle recovery and growth.
Primalog contains 200mcg chromium per full serving from chromium nicotinate glycinate chelate which is noted to be significantly more bioactive than other types of chromium.
Gymnema Sylvestre (1000mg)
Gymnema Sylvestre is a herb native to India and Sri Lanka that has a long history of use in eastern medicine for supporting insulin function and lowering diabetes risk.
Better insulin function supports stable blood sugar levels, and helps shuttle glucose into skeletal muscles where it can then be used to support energy production, glycogen replenishment, and athletic performance.
A comprehensive literature review of gymnema sylvestre noted that it may also help reduce plasma glucose levels, leptin levels, body weight and even BMI (body mass index).
Banaba Extract (500mg)
Banaba (Lagerstroemia) is another plant renowned for its antidiabetic actions.
The leaves of the banaba plant are rich in corosolic acid, a bioactive compound which is believed to induce GLUT4 translocation and, as a result, support better glucose control.[7,8]
GLUT4 is the insulin-responsive glucose transporter gene in the body, and studies indicate that a malfunctioning GLUT4 gene may lead to insulin resistance in skeletal muscle as well as diabetes.
Research also indicates that corosolic acid supports glycolysis, glucose transport, and insulin sensitivity, which aids glucose control and utilization.[10,12,13,14]
Banaba may also benefit weight loss too as it has been shown to inhibit the pancreatic lipase enzyme (the enzyme responsible for fat absorption).
Berberine HCl (500mg)
Berberine is a mighty impressive bioactive compound noted to possess a wide range of beneficial properties, especially regarding inflammation, weight loss, and diabetes.
In particular, berberine has been noted to enhance glucose uptake into skeletal muscle via AMPK activation.[15,16]
AMPK is a “master energy regulator” in the body, and activation of AMPK has been shown to increase mitochondrial biogenesis in skeletal muscle cells, reduce fat storage, and improve insulin sensitivity.[17,18,19]
Some particularly fascinating research finds that berberine may be able to stimulate glucose uptake into muscle cells even if the cell happens to be insulin resistant.
Cinnamon is a well-known cooking/baking spice and popular supplement for individuals seeking to improve blood glucose regulation.
Research indicates that cinnamon consumption may help reduce the rate at which glucose enters the body as well as improve glucose utilization within cells.
Additional studies suggest that cinnamon may help reduce blood sugar spikes, glucose levels and cholesterol levels in Type 2 Diabetics.
Cinnamon has been shown to increase in vitro glucose uptake and glycogen synthesis.
To top it off, assorted phenolic compounds naturally occurring in cinnamon, such as epicatechin, catechin, and procyanidin have been noted to inhibit the formation of advanced glycation end products.
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a fatty acid that is endogenously produced and found within the mitochondria of every cell in the body. In addition to supporting energy metabolism, ALA also serves as a powerful antioxidant.
Research notes that ALA may help lower fasting blood sugar, suppress appetite, and increase energy expenditure.[23,24,25]
AstraGin is a patented blend of highly purified saponins isolated from the Astragalus membranaceous and Panax notoginseng plant.
Various studies have shown that AstraGin may significantly increase the absorption of various nutrients, including:
- Amino acids
- Phytonutrients, and
- Other dietary supplements
AstraGin enhances ingredient absorption by upregulating the absorption-specific mRNA and transporters, such as SGLT1, CAT1, and GLUT4.
AstraGin also supports a healthy gut by repairing damaged intestinal walls and reducing intestinal submucosa inflammation.
Consume 5 capsules of Primalog with 12 ounces of water alongside a high-carbohydrate meal.
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